The much-awaited Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will take place at the Oracle Arena.
The Cavaliers forced a deciding game in the NBA Finals after posting a 115-101 victory at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. LeBron James again proved to be unstoppable as the four-time league MVP scored 41 points for the second-straight game.
"It's LeBron being LeBron," Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said of James, who also had 11 assists and eight rebounds. "He's one of the greatest of all-time. Our back was against the wall and he took it upon himself, him and Kyrie, they put us on their backs. They've got us to where we wanted to be -- and that's Game 7."
Cleveland's other players also stepped up in Game 6.
Kyrie Irving had 23 points while Tristan Thompson tallied 15 points and 16 rebounds. JR Smith added 14 points as the Cavaliers secured their second-straight win over the defending champions after going down 1-3 in the series.
A victory for the Cavaliers will earn them their first ever NBA title and the first championship for the city of Cleveland in any of the four major US professional sports since Jim Brown led the Browns to the NFL crown in 1964 during the pre-Super Bowl era.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are determined to bounce back after disappointing performances in the last two games. Stephen Curry was even ejected in their last game after throwing his mouthpiece to a row of fans after contesting his sixth and final foul. The two-time reigning MVP finished with 30 points.
"It was obviously frustrating fouling out in the fourth quarter of a clinching game and not being out there with my teammates. So it got the best of me, but I'll be all right for the next game," said Curry, who was slapped a $25,000 fine by the league for his actions.
Golden State head coach Steve Kerr was also penalized $25,000 for criticizing the referees.
Now the challenge for the Warriors is to regroup at home and put a fitting ending to a record-breaking 73-win regular season. Curry will team up with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in their title-retention bid. Thompson had 25 points in Game 6 while Green had eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his return after being suspended in Game 5 due to flagrant foul accumulation.